Equine Facilitated Wellness

The Equine Facilitated Wellness program uses horses to offer an experiential, client-centered and strength-based approach to counselling and therapy.  Our goal is to create safe, nurturing, healing spaces where clients can develop insight into their difficulties, give meaning to their experiences and develop effective coping strategies and skills to contribute to their overall mental health and wellness.


Who can benefit from EFW?

EFW can be used as an intervention for children, adolescents, adults and families experiencing the following (but not limited to) mental health and wellness challenges:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • OCD
  • ADHD
  • Trauma
  • PTSD
  • Conduct Disorder/ODD
  • Eating Disorders
  • Substance Abuse Issues
  • Attachment/Relational-Based Difficulties
  • High Risk Behaviour


What can I expect from EFW sessions?

EFW sessions are typically one hour in length and are conducted at Sunrise on a weekly or bi-weekly basis.  Sessions are facilitated by Tricia Mellor MSW, RSW, CTRII along with an equine professional certified through CanTRA.   Sessions are $170/hour and may be covered by some medical insurance programs.


About Tricia Mellor, MSW, RSW, CTRII

Tricia graduated with a Masters of Social Work from Wilfrid Laurier University in 2011, specializing in clinical work with individuals, families and groups.  Tricia is a children’s mental health clinician at a community-based agency in Guelph where she works with children and families facing a wide range of mental health challenges.  Tricia is also the owner and therapist at Open Spaces.  She has over 15 years of experience working with children with mental health, cognitive and/or developmental needs.  She is a certified Intermediate Instructor (CTRII) through Canadian Therapeutic Riding Association (CanTRA) and also sits on the CanTRA Board of Directors as well as the CanTRA EFW Committee.  Tricia is a member of the Sunrise Medical Committee.


For more information, contact:

Lynne O’Brien
Ph. (519) 837-0558 x31
Email: [email protected]


All EFW related photographs are models representing the EFW program and are not actual clients for reasons of confidentiality.


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For the safety and enjoyment of all our participants, please note that Sunrise Farm is a smoke, alcohol and drug-free environment.
In fairness to the animals that work in the Sunrise program, no dogs or other pets are allowed on the premises, unless scheduled by the staff for specific events.
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